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Rock Climbing Lake Tahoe

Mike Carville (1999) Falcon Press ISBN: 1-57540-088-X

There are tons of routes in this book, and most of his drawings are quite good. Unfortunately, there are many areas that the bolting information is inaccurate. Expect many of the dirt access roads in the guide to be closed to cars, and often this makes the approach times twice as long. This book could use an update, and the South Lake Tahoe book and Big Chief book do an excellent job replacing Carville's book for the areas covered. which is concerning because it was published quite recently.

Areas Covered..
The Emeralds
Truckee River Canyon
Luther Rock
Echo Lakes
Lover's Leap
Phantom Spires
Eagle Creek Canyon
Indian Springs
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South Lake Tahoe Climbing

Chris McNamara (2004) Supertopo ISBN: 0-9672391-7-6

Chris McNamara and company at Supertopo have put out an excellent book on climbing around the Southern Section of Lake Tahoe. While the topos often leave some things to be desired, the books plethora of pictures picks up the slack.

Areas Covered..
Luther Rock
Echo Lakes
Lover's Leap
Phantom Spires
Wrights Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover photo from the publisher's website.

Locals Guide to Rock Climbs of North Tahoe

John Jackson (2011) Camp 4 Press ISBN-13: 9780615440668

John Jackson, CAMP 4 PRESS, 2011

From the publisher's website: "The only comprehensive guidebook for all climbing routes located in the North Tahoe and greater Reno and Carson City Region. Over 1,200 routes, including more than 700 previously undocumented climbs and many formerly obscure crags. Full page color photos, with route overlays, for every cliff and route. Includes a section on the extensive climbing history of the North Lake Tahoe Region, with vintage photos, as well as first ascent information for all routes. Also directs climbers to select bouldering areas (Not a bouldering guide though) throughout the region. 60+ crags, 476 pages. "

California areas covered include:
Crystal Bay Boulder
Indian Springs
Trippy Rock
Truckee River Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover photo from the publisher's website.

Bouldering Lake Tahoe - South and East Shore Edition

Dave Hatchett, Jon Thompson and Frank Lucido / K. Daniels Publishing

From the publisher's website: "This is a comprehensive, two volume, guide covering every pebble that has been wrestled on the south and east shores of Tahoe. Some of the areas included are: Phantom Spires, Lovers Leap, Benwood Meadows, Flagpole Peak, The Beavers, Luther Pass, Burnside Lake, Kirkwood, The Pieshop, The Zephrys, Incline Village and much more. It has full color photos of all the boulders, topos, overview maps, breathtaking photography and everything else you need to get you to the boulders.This book is written by local climbing pioneers Dave Hatchett, Jon Thompson and Frank Lucido, so you can be assured the info will be accurate and up-to-date."
Rock Climbing Photo: Cover photo from the publisher's website.

Bouldering Lake Tahoe - North and West Shore Guide

Dave Hatchett / K. Daniels Publishing

From the publisher's website: "Experience the magic of Lake Tahoe Bouldering.

With the recent discovery of thousands of new problems, Lake Tahoe is now a world class bouldering area. These guides include every pebble that has ever been wrestled in and around Tahoe, with full color photos of all the boulders, topos, overview maps, breathtaking photography and everything else needed to get you to the boulders. Tahoe has 5000+ problems which range from novice to expert on many different rock types. It is one of the few places on earth where you can boulder year round in a beautiful mountain setting."

Climber's Guide to Lake Tahoe and Donner Summit (out of print)

Eric Beck (1973) Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department
The original guide to Lake Tahoe climbing documented five 5.10s between the Tahoe Basin and Donner Summit.

North Tahoe: A Rock Climber's Guide

Josh Horniak/Cold Stream Media

From the publisher's website:

"This guidebook covers a broad geographical region in the vicinity of North Lake Tahoe, between Auburn, California to the west and Reno, Nevada to the east. The book describes more than 1400 rock climbs, which span the full spectrum of climbing styles and grades, from multi-pitch traditional adventures to clip-and-go sport climbs. Information on all the classic and previously documented areas, such as Donner Pass, Big Chief, Rainbow, and Indian Springs, has been thoroughly researched and expanded, to include pitch length, grade, gear recommendations, and a description of each climb, as well as detailed approach and descent options. The new and previously undocumented areas of Bowman Valley, The Emeralds, and Cold Stream Canyon – each area alone containing hundreds of climbs developed by dedicated locals during the last ten years – are included for the first time in print."
Rock Climbing Photo: Book's cover photo from its (out of stock) Amazon ...

Rock Climbs of Placerville, CA

William H. Cottrell (2003) El Dorado Publishing ISBN 1-891119-03-6
This excellent book describes two areas around Placerville, and is by far the best resource for both areas covered. Excellent overhead views and detailed topos leave little desired, except more pictures perhaps?

Covers two areas: Cosumnes River Gorge and Mosquito Coast.

Areas Covered..
Cosumnes River Gorge
Rock Climbing Photo: Maximus Press' website cover photo.

Big Chief Area Climbs

Marek Hajek (2005) Maximus Press ISBN: 0-9676116-7-9

A new book for Big Chief, finally answering my rantings on the current published information on Big Chief. This book has it all, photographs of almost all the rocks, excellent topographic information on approaches and wall locations. Edited by Marty Lewis (I know him from his Owens River Gorge books, though he has another on Mammoth Area climbs), this book keeps with his style, which is the more information, the better! This book lacked in only one area: it is so narrowly focused, since there are other walls quite close by.

The Climbing Guide to the Big Chief Area, Lake Tahoe
Marek Hajek, Edited by Marty Lewis
March 2005 - 1st Edition
96 pages - 5.5" x 8.5"
ISBN: 0-9676116-7-9
Maximus Press
Lake Tahoe Area Climbing Guides Vol. 1

Big Chief
Light Deprivation Buttress
Little Chief
Sawtooth Ridge

Rock Climbing at Indian Springs

Brad Brothers
Indian Springs is a fun little crag with a lot of variety. There are traditional, sport and top rope climbs and this is a great area for beginner to intermediate climbers. The guide book contains 45 climbs ranging from 5.2 to 5.11 and shows slab locations, climb ratings, slab illustrations & pictures plus climb descriptions.

Climbing Guide to the Crystal Basin

Bob Branscomb (1992)
Climbing Guide to the Crystal Basin by Bob Branscomb, 1992. Thanks for sharing notes from your book here, Bob. I'm curious if it's still available for purchase anywhere?

Areas Covered:
Loon Lake

East Shore Climbers Guide: Woodfords Chapter (free PDF)

Ron Anderson (long out of print)

A Supertopo user kindly shared this rough but usable PDF of the Woodfords Canyon chapter of an obscure old guide by Ron Anderson.

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